The Open Data Platform Initiative is an association that ensures interoperability across Hadoop platforms, including this one.
IBM Open Platform, a 100% open source distribution of Apache ecosystem components, is tested to ensure that Hadoop components work together and are ready for production workloads.
Spark, an open in-memory compute engine, is included to provide dramatic performance increases over MapReduce. It simplifies development and enables innovation such as machine learning and more.
Support is critical when you are using open source technology to run applications. One advantage of IBM Open Platform is lifecycle support and education that extends throughout the lifecycle.